Adobe Presenter Video Express lets you combine application or desktop capture and webcam video. Using this tool, marketing, eLearning, and training professionals or even hobbyists and amateur video producers can quickly produce video tutorials or other video content. The tool also provides effective video edit options such as layouts, background changes, pan and zoom, and trim options.

The output is an MP4 file that you can publish to YouTube or Vimeo. You can also publish a zip file to any SCORM-compliant LMS or Adobe's own Captivate Prime LMS. 

Adobe Presenter Video Express videos capture the following:


Actions performed on your monitor screen.

Presenter The web cam capture of the narrator who demonstrates or presents a project or application. The audio narration too is captured.

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  • Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor (Intel Core i3 or better recommended)
  • 1280 x 720 or higher display (OpenGL 2.1-compatible dedicated graphics card highly recommended)
  • Camera and microphone plugged in to the computer and working. For a list of recommended cameras and microphones, see Recommended cameras and microphones.

    Note: If you do not have a camera or a microphone, you can still record videos using Adobe Presenter Video Express. However, you cannot add narration or the Presenter to the recorded video later.

  • Minimum 5GB of available hard-disk space
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB or more recommended)
  • Mac OS 10.8 or later
  • Internet connectivity to use the Closed Captions feature
  • Yeti Blue microphone

  • Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910

  • Creative Live! Cam inPerson HD

  • FREETALK® Everyman HD

Installing Adobe Presenter Video Express

  1. Ensure that you have met the prerequisites.

  2. Go to the Apple store and download the Adobe® Presenter Video Express app.

Record videos

  1. Ensure that the hardware and software requirements are met. See Prerequisites for information.

  2. Ensure that you have the narration script ready.

  3. Open the required application (for a software simulation), or a PowerPoint presentation and launch Adobe Presenter Video Express.

    The first time you launch after installing Adobe Presenter Video Express, you see the following screen:

    The home screen displays sample Presenter Video Express videos.

  4. Click to begin recording.

    Based on the device on which you are using Adobe Presenter Video Express, the resolution of the monitor screen is adjusted. Then, the recording window is displayed.

    Device Output video resolution
    iMac 1280 x 720, if supported. Else, 1280 x 800.
    MacBook Pro 1440 x 900
    A. Dotted lines representing the area captured B. Volume slider C. Microphone options D. Camera options E. Back button to go to the home screen 
  5. Click and select the camera you use for the recording.

  6. Click and select the microphone you want to use for the recording.

  7. Use the volume slider to set the volume for the recording.

  8. Click Record .

    The recording begins after the count down (5 seconds).

  9. Perform the steps on the computer while you narrate the script.

    Adobe Presenter Video Express captures both you (the Presenter) and the full monitor screen simultaneously during recording. After recording, you can choose to display the Presenter, the presentation, or both in different parts of the video.


    When you launch Adobe Presenter Video Express with webcam connected to your computer, you see two lines on the webcam capture area. Only the webcam capture between these two lines is displayed in the side by side layouts (Both Presenter and Presentation layouts).

  10. Do one of the following actions:

    • To pause the recording, press the Alt + Command + P, or right-click the Adobe Presenter Video Express in the top menu, and click Pause Recording.

      Note: When you right-click the Adobe Presenter icon and choose to Pause recording, these actions are recorded along with your main recording. You can use the trim option to trim this part of the recording.

      Adobe Presenter Video Express screen appears and displays the pause icon to indicate that you have paused the recording. Click the record button to resume recording or click the edit icon () to end recording and edit the video.

    • To end the recording, press Alt + Command + X, or right-click the Adobe Presenter Video Express icon in the top menu, and click End Recording.

Preview the video by clicking Play (). The waveform of the audio that you recorded with the video is displayed in the Timeline.

Tip: While editing, use the audio waveform to quickly snap to the portion of the video with highest or lowest amplitude.

The first and last part of the video are the default branding settings. You can change the branding to include your own brand videos at the beginning and end of the recorded video.

After recording a project, you can do any of the following:

  • Download to desktop or Publish your project to YouTube or Dropbox: Click Publish. For more information, Publish videos.
  • Record additional video in the project. For more information, see Record additional video.
  • Save and close the project: Click Close Project and provide a name for your project when prompted.

When you click Close Project, you are directed to the Adobe Presenter Video Express home screen that displays all the saved projects: 

Record additional video

  1. In the home screen, double-click a saved project to which you want to record additional video. If you have a project already open in the edit mode, proceed to the next step.


    If the existing project was recorded using a webcam, you require a webcam to record additional video too.

  2. Click Play () and pause (click Play again) the video at the point where you want to insert additional video.

  3. Click the record button () in the playbar.

  4. Perform the actions to be recorded.

  5. Press Alt + Command + X to end the recording, or press Alt + Command + P to pause the recording. You can also right-click the Adobe Presenter Video Express icon in the top menu, and click Pause or Stop Recording.

Understanding the editing interface

A. Recorded video B. Playbar C. Editing controls D. Timeline E. Project name 


Timeline shows you the entire video clip in the form of a (colored) rectangular bar. If you have used multiple layouts in the project, this rectangle is divided into many rectangles with different colors. The layouts are color-coded to help you instantly identify the allocation of the layouts in the video. For information on changing the layouts, see Change the layout.

The Timeline also shows the audio waveform of the audio clip recorded with the video.

You can magnify the Timeline view using the Zoom In () or Zoom Out () icons, the scroll wheel of your mouse, or Command and +, or Command and - keys. By magnifying the Timeline view, you can edit the video at a much granular level. For example, while choosing the Trim region, if you can drag the playhead from 5 seconds to 6 seconds at a lower zoom level, you can drag it from 5 seconds to 5.5 seconds at a higher zoom level.

The rectangular bar (video clip) is prefixed and suffixed with the default branding videos. You can remove these videos or choose different videos using the Branding panel. For more information, see Add brand videos and icons.

Timeline is the area that you use extensively during editing. All the edits, such as, pan and zoom points, and trim regions are marked on the Timeline. Also, Timeline helps you to easily navigate to the portion of the video you want to edit. See Navigating using Timeline for more information on navigating using Timeline.

Scrollbar and markers on the Timeline help you navigate to specific portions of the video.

Scrollbar, at the bottom of the Timeline, contains a miniature form of the rectangular bar (video clip) and reflects the color scheme displayed in the Timeline.

Scrollbar with the thumb (scroller)

A. Thumb (scroller) B. Track or the trough of the scrollbar 

When you magnify the Timeline, the entire video clip does not fit into the Timeline. But, the scrollbar still displays the entire video clip with the layout allocation. While you can make fine edits using the magnified view of the Timeline, you can use the scrollbar and the thumb (scroller) to quickly navigate to a specific portion of the video.

Markers are tiny dots in the Timeline (see the Timeline topic for an illustration) that indicate a change in the Microsoft PowerPoint slides.


In cases where you have recorded other applications or monitor screen, these markers appear at points where important screen transitions happen. For example, when you open a new application.

Click () and () in the playbar to snap to the previous and next marker respectively.

Video editing controls

Video editing controls

A. Branding button B. Pan and Zoom button C. Trim button D. Presenter Only layout E. Presentation Only layout F. Both (Presenter on Left) layout G. Both (Presenter on Right) layout 

This area of the editing interface lets you do the following:

Edit videos

Change the project name

By default, the projects are named as untitled <n>. To name your project, click the project name at the top of the Adobe Presenter Video Express screen, and type the required name.

Change layouts

  1. Click Play () to play the video.

  2. At the point where you want to change the layout, click one of the following options:

    Presenter Only

    Click to display only the Presenter.

    Presenter only layout

    Presentation Only

    Click to display only the Presentation.

    Presentation only layout

    Both (Presenter On Left)

    Click to display both the Presenter and Presentation side by side, with Presenter on the left side of the screen.

    Both (Presenter On Right)

    Click to display both Presenter and Presentation side by side, with Presenter on the right side of the screen.

    Both (Presenter on right) layout

The Timeline displays different color codes for different layouts. See Timeline for more information.

In the above example, the green rectangle indicates the duration of the video in which the layout is ‘Presentation Only’.


When you launch Adobe Presenter Video Express with webcam connected to your computer (or with in-built camera), you see two lines on the webcam capture area. Only the webcam capture between these two lines is displayed in the side by side layouts (Both Presenter and Presentation layouts).

Add pan and zoom effects

  1. Click Play () and pause the video (click the Play button again) at the point where you want to add a pan and zoom effect.

  2. Click the Add Pan And Zoom icon (). The Pan And Zoom panel appears on the right. The panel displays both the Presentation and the Presenter.

  3. Click and drag the handles to define the pan and zoom region. A pan and zoom icon appears in the Timeline.


    The pan and zoom icon for the ‘Presentation Only’ stretch of the video are at the top while the icon for the ‘Presenter Only’ stretch is at the bottom.

    Pan and zoom icons on the Timeline

    The video is played at the specified pan and zoom level until the next pan and zoom point. This means, if you have zoomed into the video, you have to zoom out again to display the video in the original size.

    Double-click anywhere in the pan and zoom region of the Presentation or the Presenter to display the video in the original size.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • Add more pan and zoom points by repeating the steps.

    • Delete a pan and zoom point by clicking the corresponding delete icon () in the Pan And Zoom panel.

    • Edit the video further by using the trim option.

    • Edit the branding settings.

    • Click Publish to publish the video.

Trim videos

  1. Click Play () and pause the video (click the Play button again) at the point where you want to start trimming the video.

  2. Click the Trim icon () and then click Set Inpoint (). The start marker appears on the Timeline.

  3. Play the video again and pause the video (click icon again) at the point where you want the end marker for trimming.

  4. Click Set Outpoint ().

  5. Click and drag the start and end markers to increase or decrease the trim region.

    To delete a trim region, hover your mouse anywhere on the region and press Delete. The playhead can be positioned anywhere.

  6. Do one of the following:

    • Edit the video further by using the trim option again.

    • Add pan and zoom points.

    • Edit the branding settings.

    • Click Publish to publish the video.

Undo and redo edit operations

Press Command + z to undo the latest operation in Adobe Presenter Video Express. To redo the operation, press the keys again.

Multiple undo operations are not supported. Command + z acts as a toggle key and toggles between undo and redo of the latest edit operation.

The scope of undo and redo operations are limited to edit operations within the following:

  • Layout editing options

  • Trim

  • Pan and zoom

This means, if you change the layout and click the trim or pan and zoom icon, the undo stack is cleared, and you cannot undo the change layout operation. Whereas if you switch between the layouts options without clicking trim or pan and zoom, you can undo the last change in the layout.

Similarly, if you choose a trim region and click pan and zoom or layout icons, the undo stack gets cleared, and you cannot undo the trim operation.

Edit the video theme

Add brand videos and icons

  1. Click Branding () in Adobe Presenter Video Express.

  2. In the Branding panel, click a theme from the Themes list. The edit area displays a preview of the selected theme.

    To remove the default branding video, click None from the Branding Video list.

  3. To create a custom theme, click Custom in the Themes list.

  4. Based on whether you want the video at the beginning or end or both, click Start or End or both. Then, click Select to browse for the video.


    Branding videos of only resolution 1280 X 800 are supported.

  5. To use an image as the background, select Background and then click Select to browse for the required image.

  6. To use a branding icon or a logo, select Left or Right in the Branding Icon section based on where you want the image. Then, click Select to choose the image (PNG only).

Add title text

  1. Click the Branding icon in Adobe Presenter Video Express.

  2. In the Branding panel, type the required text in the Video Title Text field.


    Multi-line text is not supported; type all the text in a single line.

  3. Select the position at which the title text is to be displayed by clicking one of the tiles in the Display At section.


Add lower-third text

Lower-third text is the text overlay on the video that is generally used to display your name and designation.

  1. Click the Branding icon in Adobe Presenter Video Express.

  2. In the Branding panel, select Lower Third Text.

  3. Specify the Presenter name and title.

  4. Specify the time, in seconds, at which the text must appear. By default, the start time of the Lower Third text is set to the beginning of the recorded video.

    To quickly set the display time, play the video and at the point where you require the Lower Third text to begin, click Display At Play Head.

Add closed captions

Adobe Presenter Video Express automatically converts audio in your project to closed captions. Generation of closed captions happens on the cloud and therefore, you must have internet connectivity to use this feature.


Closed captions are currently optimized for American English. There is no support available now for Portuguese Brazilian closed caption. 

You can also export closed captions as SRT files. 

To generate closed captions:

  1. Click  below the video to open the Closed Captioning dialog box.

    Generating closed captions

  2. Click Generate to generate the closed captions.

    It takes some time for Presenter Video Express to generate and display the closed captions.


    To get better quality results, you can copy-paste the audio script into the Closed Caption window and generate it.

  • To hide closed captions, click the collapsible icon () in the right panel. Use the collapsible icon to view the closed captions again.
  • To edit closed captions, double click the text in the right panel.
  • To hide closed captions in the published output, click . If the cc button is in the disabled state, the closed captions are not published in the output.

Publish videos

You can downlaod videos to your desktop (), upload videos to YouTube, or upload videos to Dropbox (or a combination of the three options). You can opt to download/upload videos for free or by paying the designated price (displayed onscreen).

While the free videos are watermarked with Presenter Video Express logo, the paid videos are not watermarked.

  1. In the Publish screen, select download to desktop, upload to YouTube, upload to Dropbox (or a combination of the three options). To upload videos in YouTube or Dropbox, click Sign In in the respective pods.

    If you have selected download to desktop option, the video is downloaded in Movies/Adobe Presenter Video Express folder.  

    If you have selected YouTube and/or Dropbox upload option:

    1. Provide your YouTube and/or Dropbox login credentials and sign in.
    2. Click Allow Access/Allow when prompted to grant Adobe Presenter Video Express permission to access your YouTube and Dropbox accounts.
    3. Click the project title and type the name with which you want to publish the project.
    4. Click Email to provide your email address if you want to be notified about the publish status.
  2. On the Publish screen, click Free or $xxx.  

    If you select Free option, a sample screen with the watermark is displayed.

    Select Continue to publish the video with watermark or select the $xxx option.

    The home screen appears with your project at the beginning and a white clock shows the progress of the publish. After the project is published, the download to desktop or YouTube or Dropbox icons appear in the bottom middle of your project pod. A tick icon indicates that the publish is completed.

    • If you opted to download to desktop, check Movies/Adobe Presenter Video Express folder.  
    • If you opted for YouTube or Dropbox upload, click Youtube or Dropbox to access the published output. 

Troubleshooting Adobe Presenter Video Express

If you encounter errors while using Adobe Presenter Video Express, redo the workflow by launching Adobe Presenter Video Express in the Diagnostic mode. To go to the Diagnostic mode, click Help > Diagnostic mode, and relaunch Adobe Presenter Video Express.

When you try to exit Adobe Presenter Video Express, the Diagnostic Logs dialog box appears. Save the logs on your computer and email them to Adobe at

Presentation has a jagged appearance in side-by-side layout

Adobe Presenter Video Express uses certain features of the graphics card on your computer to render images in a better quality in side-by-side layout. The presentation appears jagged and the image is not rendered sharply if the graphics card does not meet the minimum requirements for Adobe Presenter Video Express.

However, since the publishing of your video happens on the cloud on Adobe servers, this issue does not occur in the published output. The Adobe servers have the required graphics card to render your video with high quality.

If you still want to see a high quality video in editing environment, replace your graphics card with a d dedicated AMD (ATI) or nVidia graphics card. Also, update your graphics card drivers to the latest version.

The quality of the Adobe Presenter video is low

Adobe Presenter Video Express requires a lot of processing power to record the screen and webcam videos simultaneously. The presenter video in particular is a lot more difficult to record. When the processing power is not sufficient, the Presenter video quality will be low. The quality drop can be seen in the drop in the frame rate of the video. Also, the audio and video may go out of synchronization.


Close unnecessary applications and free up system resources. If you experience a problem with the quality of your Presenter video, please check the following:

  • Are all unnecessary applications closed?

  • Do you have sufficient free space on your hard disk? At least 5 GB is needed, but around 15 GB is recommended.

  • Are you using a good quality webcam? Check out our recommended webcams.

  • Are your webcam drivers up-to-date?

  • Are you capturing your video in a well-lit environment? Most webcams perform poorly in bad lighting.

  • Are you running Adobe Presenter Video Express in Diagnostic Mode? Diagnostic Mode should only be used to report issues to Adobe.

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If you encounter payment related issues, contact the Adobe support team at

Contacting Adobe Presenter Video Express support team

If you encounter errors while using Adobe Presenter Video Express and would want to contact the support team from the application itself, use the Contact us link.

  1. From the Adobe Presenter Video Express home screen, click .

  2. Contact us and Online help links are displayed.

  3. Select Contact us. The Contact us pop-up screen is displayed.

  4. Select the error type. Type your name, email ID, and a brief description of the error. Click Send.

Presenter Video Express updates

Select this option (available on the upper right of the home screen) to connect to the Adobe e-learning news server.

View the latest updates from the Adobe e-learning team in a news feed format.

Whenever there is an update, a number is displayed with a highlighted border on the Access Adobe Resources option. This display indicates the number of new newsfeeds, blog posts, tweets that have been recently added.

  1. From the Adobe Presenter Video Express home screen, click .

  2. The Adobe Resources pop-up screen is displayed.

    Click any news feed item to view the complete information.

    Connect to the Adobe blogs and other social media channels using the various links available at the bottom of the Access Adobe Resources pop-up screen.

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